Did We Ever Get Lost

May 11, 2021

The moon and skies and clouds over Roppongi…

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

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See The Smoke When The Sun Shines

May 07, 2021

Remembering the days when the Texas summer light had us…

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony A9 + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

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When Memories Are Just Thoughts Of You

May 01, 2021

Spring cityscapes over downtown Tokyo with the Leica CL.

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

We picked up the Leica CL on a whim a couple of months ago and it has quickly become our most-used camera which is kind of amazing given that it is an eye-wateringly overpriced 3-year old APS-C camera with no in-body stabilisation, an anemic lineup of fairly unexciting lenses (which also lack stabilisation), an aging sensor and perpetually seems like an afterthought in Leica’s lineup.

On the other hand, shooting with this camera is a joy, from its tiny compact size to its fabulous user experience1 to its amazing build quality. And those relatively boring lenses trade off their lack of stabilisation for relatively slow/variable apertures for tiny pocketable sizes2, strong optical performance and similar amazing build quality.

And given its tiny size, it now competes with the Leica Q2 as my “always with me” camera every time I go out. Great stuff.

  1. Which is a testament to the value of an amazing user experience. I simply just love using this camera far more in all respects than any of my various far-superior-in-any-given-spec-except-the-UX Sony bodies where despite their amazing technology I always feel like I’m fighting a machine and the world’s most unintiutive regurgitated garbage pile of a menu that feels like it was created by looking at old VCR remotes and asking the question “how can we make this more worse in every possible aspect?” There is a joy to holding, using and experiencing the CL (and similarly in other Leica bodies like the Q2 and to an extent, the SL2-S) that is just missing from the Sonys, and for me, that helps cover for the aging specs, lack of OSS, slower focus, etc.3 

  2. I actually own all of the Leica APS-C lenses at this point save the 60mm macro, including even the kit lens, which I bought separately and to this day still can’t quite believe I paid nearly $2000 USD for an 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 non-stabilised kit lens. Amazingly though, it ended up being my second most-used lens on this system, just behind the Summilux 35mm f/1.4 

  3. This definitely should not be your first camera - let’s be real, there are a ton of compromises here. But as a second or third body? Quite possibly, depending on how much of a premium one places on design and experience over raw specs. 

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The World Looks Different As Far As We See

April 20, 2021

Cityscapes over Tokyo from Tokyo Sky Tree…

Leica CL + Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH

Leica CL + APO-Vario-Elmar TL 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH

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Spend A Little Time In Emotion

April 11, 2021

The early morning sun over the mountains of Nagano…

Leica CL + Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

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There Is A Silence To The Air

April 05, 2021

Studies of the Kyoto Higashiyama hills from our window…

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 28mm f/2.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + Vario-Elmarit SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 50mm f/2.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + Vario-Elmarit SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH

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Say You Will Never Let Me Go

March 31, 2021

Blue skies and cherry blossoms in Kyoto…

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + Vario-Elmarit SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 28mm f/2.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 28mm f/2.0 ASPH

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 50mm f/2.0 ASPH

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We Already Knew That Our Hearts Were Fire

March 25, 2021

The sakura blossoms in full bloom heralding the arrival of spring in Kyoto…

Leica SL2-S + APO Summicron SL 50mm f/2.0 ASPH

(One year ago, almost exactly to the day…)

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